Independence, MO (4039 S Noland Rd)

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Front shot of the store’s exterior (PC: LoopNet)

4039 S Noland Rd, Store #82 was a Showbiz Pizza Place that opened on October 14, 1980 with a Rock-Afire Explosion, which relocated in May 2012.

This location was the 6th Showbiz to open, and the 5th RAE installed, they would receive Concept Unification in 1991 or 1992, and still have the 3-Stage until closure.


Independence opened on October 14, 1980 and was the second Showbiz Pizza Place opened in the state of Missouri. It had a Rock-Afire Explosion and was also a franchised location until on February 25th, 1985 when it was bought by the corporate along with Overland Park, KS (10510 Metcalf Lane). They received the 1988 remodel which removed the older SPP decor for newer decor. In 1991 or 1992, they received Concept Unification which removed the Rock-Afire Explosion for the 3-Stage, a new exterior remodel, and the removal of all SPP decor for CEC decor. In the Mid-Late 90's, they received Phase 3 which involves the removal of older decor, addition of newer decor, and SkyTubes. They would remain like this until their relocation in May 2012.[1] After they relocated, they were abandoned for 8 years until being demolished in November 2020, with an Andy's Frozen Custard being built on the site in Fall 2021. Currently, as of June 2023, the location has been demolished for Andy's Frozen Custard which is still there.


Originally when the store opened, they had a Rock-Afire Explosion, they were the 5th RAE installed, and originally had the "Beta" bots, which had hollow frames, unlike the later ones, which have solid frames. They would replace the original bots in 1981, as all other "Beta" shows. In around 1991 or 1992, they would undergo Concept Unification, this was the process used to convert the RAE characters into the Chuck E. Cheese characters. Chuck E's curtains were broken around 2000[2]. It was removed in May 2012 because of their relocation.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
Rock-Afire Explosion October 1980 1991-1992 Original bots replaced in 1981. 2nd Showbiz Pizza Store in Missouri.
3-Stage 1991-1992 May 2012 One of 6 Showbiz Pizza stores in Missouri to undergo Concept Unification.


Animatronic Serial Code Whereabouts
Beta Rolfe DeWolfe 7-80 1-5 Destroyed
Beta Dook Larue 7-80 2-5 Destroyed
Beta Fatz Geronimo 7-80 3-5 Destroyed
Beta Beach Bear 7-80 4-5 Destroyed
Beta Mitzi Mozzarella 7-80 5-5 Destroyed
Beta Billy Bob 7-80 6-5 Destroyed
Beta Looney Bird 7-80 7-5 Destroyed
Beta Choo Choo 7-80 8-5 Destroyed
Beta Sun 7-80 10-5 Destroyed
Beta Moon 7-80 11-5 Destroyed
Beta Antioch N/A Destroyed
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 4-81 1-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Pasqually / Dook Larue 4-81 2-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 4-81 3-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 4-81 4-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 4-81 5-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Billy Bob 4-81 6-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Pizzacam / Looney Bird 4-81 7-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Munch Jr. / Choo Choo 4-81 8-4 Unknown / Destroyed
Building / Sun 4-81 10-4 Unknown / In Storage
Moon 4-81 11-4 Unknown / In Storage
Antioch N/A Unknown / Destroyed
Wink N/A Unknown / Destroyed


Link Description Filming Date
Link Birthday party showing the animatronics, store, and arcade in 1992. April 27th, 1992
Link Birthday party November 18th, 2000